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Nursing Home COVID-19 Isolation Unit

Due to the growing number of COVID-19 positive cases and hospitalizations, RIDOH is providing supplemental funding to those nursing facilities that have established designated isolation spaces and will accept COVID-19 positive patients via hospital discharge in order to expand access to nursing facility care for individuals no longer requiring a hospital level of care.

Isolation spaces in facilities are intended to provide short-term nursing facility services to COVID-19-positive residents no longer needing a hospital level of care, while ensuring all necessary precautions are taken to protect other, uninfected nursing facility residents from exposure. In order to qualify to receive a supplemental payment to operate a COVID-19 positive isolation space, a nursing facility provider must meet the substantive criteria established in this Program Guidance document and submit an attestation of compliance with such substantive criteria in the form and manner specified herein.

This Program will distribute up to $200,000 in funding to approved nursing facilities to supplement the costs required to increase access to care for individuals no longer requiring a hospital level of care by admitting them to isolation spaces in nursing facilities during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Funds will be distributed to up to ten (10) Program Applicants in a lump sum upon receipt of a completed Subaward Agreement. Each participating facility will receive $20,000 per increment of five (5) dedicated beds in an isolation space for the distinct purpose of providing care in an isolation unit for COVID-19 positive residents being discharged from hospitals for 30 days (e.g., a facility would receive $20,000 per month for five dedicated beds for COVID-positive hospital discharges, $40,000 per month for ten dedicated beds, etc.).

Funding and Application Dates

Key dates for the Nursing Home Isolation Space Supplemental Funding Program are as follows:

  • December 15, 2021: Applications available online
  • December 22, 2021 at noon: Applications due to the State
  • December 22, 2021: Notification from RIDOH to approved nursing facilities
  • January 14, 2022: Initial funds disbursed to facilities through the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) on the next standard nursing home payment cycle through Gainwell